Our Governance

YAS was established by the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) in 2011 to provide a platform for innovative young professionals from all areas of academia, business, third sector organisations and public life, to work together to address the most challenging issues facing society in Scotland and beyond.

YAS operates within the organizational structure of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scottish Charity No. SC000470.  A YAS Advisory Group made up of YAS members and RSE Fellows provides support and guidance to the Young Academy of Scotland about its membership, strategy, management and work programme.

The YAS Advisory Group also acts as the primary channel of communication between YAS and the Council of the RSE, advising the RSE Council on issues impacting on YAS’ operation and its effectiveness.

The work of YAS is supported by two members of staff, employed by the RSE:

Morven Chisholm, Young Academy Manager
Marie Montondo, Young Academy Officer

Their contact details can be found here.


The YAS Strategic Plan sets out YAS’s forward-looking objectives and goals for 2020 – 2025.  It defines the six core themes around which YAS structures its work, and the ‘Grand Challenges’ which we are focused on addressing for the next two years.


Our activities are led by a Facilitating group of elected co-chairs.

Sandro Carnicelli

Margaret Cunningham

Iain Donald

Aude Le Guennec

Meet Our Members

Victoria Loughlan
She designs and delivers interactive and visual ‘big picture thinking’ sessions for senior officials. These sessions focus on addressing key policy challenges, teasing out their interdependencies, and situating them in their global context.

Join Us

We recruit new members every 2 years.  Our next recruitment round will open in January 2022.

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